Jewish dating beliefs
(Israel has the largest.) For a number of reasons – some practical, others emotional – there was a lot of pressure in the years that followed for Jewish children to only date and marry other Jews.
At the same time, after years of discrimination, Jews were finally being included in mainstream American life, which has led to a more blended population … When I was growing up in Queens, one of the suburban boroughs of New York City, the neighborhood was very ethnic and predominantly Jewish.
Many of those who survived moved to the United States, which now is home to the second largest Jewish population in the world.
In the US, more Jews identify themselves through Jewish culture and tradition than formal religious affiliation.
Those who consider themselves affiliated generally fall into three categories – Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, which, most basically, refer to levels of observance.
If a close attachment does develop, even if neither person is particularly religious, shared Jewish customs and values can help form a solid foundation in building a lasting relationship.
This common bond is one of the benefits of Jews dating and marrying each another.
A connection is made, based on a sense of collective history and heritage.